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BIRMINGHAM (Aug. 15, 2012) – Participants in the inaugural Tee It Up For Children’s golf tournament will compete in a Two Man Scramble at the Oxmoor Valley Short Course (100 Sunbelt Parkway) on Saturday, Aug. 25. This event will be held in memory of Ben Hocutt and will benefit the ill and injured children at Children’s of Alabama.

This charity event benefitting Children’s of Alabama has been organized by the family of Benjamin Hocutt of Pell City who was cared for at Children’s after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 9 years old. Before he passed away in May of 2000, Ben was a third grader at Coosa Valley Elementary in Pell City, who faced his illness with great courage and wanted to be remembered as making people happy. He loved playing baseball and was on the Hoover All-Stars team. He was the son of Brad and Myra Hocutt.

“This inaugural charity event in Ben’s memory was organized to help children and their families during difficult times,” Myra said. “My hope is that the funds raised at our tournament will allow children to share a moment of happiness, from Ben.” 

Registration and the putting contest will be from 7 - 8:45 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. Guests will enjoy a day of golf and lunch after the tournament to not only honor Ben, but also support other children facing illness or injury who are treated at Children’s.

Registration is $75 for a team of two which includes a cart, range balls, goodie bag, lunch and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available. More information is available by contacting tournament chairs Robert Corley at 205-554-5370 or 205.765.6817 or Ken Frye at 205.554.5710 or 205.657.1035.

About Children’s of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen offices in communities across central and north Alabama. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states.